February Gardening To-Dos

In the Garden

  • If temperatures are above freezing, prune roses after President’s Day.
  • Till and mix in organic compost as weather permits to prepare soil in flower and vegetable garden beds.
  • On mild winter days, plant bare-root roses, trees, deciduous shrubs, primroses and pansies.
  • Mid-month, pull mulch partly away from emerging bulbs and perennials and hunt for hidden slugs.
  • If you didn’t plant bulbs in the fall, buy potted bulbs now and place them in a warm, bright spot to encourage early bloom.

Fruits & Veggies

  • On mild days, plant small fruit trees.
  • Purchase seeds to get your vegetables started indoors.
  • Start broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower indoors under grow lights.
  • At month’s end, move veggie starts into a cold frame or sheltered outdoor location to harden off.

The Lawn

  • Starlings pecking at turf help remove soil pests such as crane fly larvae. Make these feathered heroes feel welcome.
  • Check lawn for standing puddles. Correct drainage or replace lawn with better-adapted ground covers.

Around the House

  • Visit the Garden Festival for inspiration.
  • Decorate your home for Valentine’s Day and buy something special for your sweetie.
  • Check your indoor plants on a regular basis. Bring your plants to Molbak’s Information Booth in our Garden Center anytime and our plant experts can help with any questions.
  • Be sure to keep bird feeders clean and full. Hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned every two weeks. Other bird feeders should be cleaned yearly.